Species Overview

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Mycale (Carmia) richardsoni (Bakus) n.var. [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thin encrusting
Size_thickness: 2-3 mm
Color_Alive: Yellow; buff to light brown
Consistency: Rubbery
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal
Distribution: Central California; Northern California
Associations: often wrapped around algae and hydroids

CHARACTERS

Oscula:
Density: abundant
Diameter: 0.5--1.0 mm
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Ladder-like skeleton near surface only- otherwise a loose reticulation. Tracts thick.
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 96 -(160|202)- 381 Ám
Width: 4 -(7|9)- 12 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: asymetrical Sigmas
Length: 19 -(20|36)- 44 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 19 -(23|26)- 37 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae-Note tooth on lower palm.
Length: 36 -(42|46)- 59 Ám